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Doctor convicted of murder after 3 patients overdosed on painkillers she prescribed

By Mason White 5:56 PM November 2, 2015
Dr. Hsiu Ying ‘Lisa’ Tseng 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A doctor was convicted of second degree murder after three of her patients died.

The doctor from Los Angeles, California, was convicted of murder in a landmark case for the deaths of three patients who overdosed on what a prosecutor called “crazy, outrageous” amounts of painkillers she prescribed.

Dr. Hsiu Ying ‘Lisa’ Tseng, 45, was convicted of murder for the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 29, Steven Ogle, 25, and Joseph Rovero, 21, who was an Arizona State University student.

All three men died of overdoses from drugs which Tseng prescribed to them.

The convictions of second-degree murder, is the first against a United States doctor for prescribing drugs recklessly, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

It is rare to file murder charges against a doctor, but the case was in the midst of an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, which has led lawmakers to try to stop the distribution of medications with little scrutiny.

Tseng showed no emotion when the convictions were read aloud, but her lawyer said she was emotional and very upset afterwards. The jury deliberated for 10 days before reaching the guilty verdicts.

Tseng was also convicted of illegally writing prescriptions for 18 people, including two undercover agents who were investigating how easily she prescribed addictive painkillers after brief office visits.

Defense attorney Tracy Green said that Tseng, should not have been convicted of anything more than manslaughter, and she plans to appeal.

Tseng, who earned $5 million in 3 years, faces life in prison when she is sentenced.